Daylight Savings time Patches for this weekend

Scott Fybush
Mon Mar 5 18:08:35 EST 2007

Laurence Glavin wrote:

> Oh, and another thing:  FCC Public Notice DA 07-938 announces significant
> changes in "daytime" AM stations' pre-sunrise and post-sunset power measurements.
> (These rules apparently apply to strict daytimers like Boston's WILD-AM 1090,
> and full-timers with flea-power at night like WJIB-AM 740 in Cambridge)
> Information about these changes has already appeared at's
> Boston, Northern New England and Engineering boards, but so far not here
> at the website of record.  The FCC's URL for determining the authorized
> powers for affected stations as of the start of Daylight Savings Time is:
> (Enter station call letters at top...AM Radio is the default choice;
> scroll down to 'Submit'; over at right of screen select 'Details';
> at bottom of screen click on 'View correspondence'.)
>>From some of the comments on radio-info's Engineering board, news about
> these changes caught many unawares, with just days to make the requisite 
> changes. I can hardly wait for Sunday night.

It is significantly worse than that. The FCC apparently did something 
wrong when it was recalculating PSRAs and PSSAs, so most of those "new" 
power levels are incorrect, and the Commission's now pedaling furiously 
to get everything fixed before the weekend.

Between the likelihood of broken automation and the simple confusion of 
these new power levels, it seems distinctly possible that there will be 
a number of stations operating at, shall we say, "unusual" powers or 
antenna patterns come next Sunday. I may drag myself out of bed before 
sunrise to hear what happens...


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